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Pokot woman, two children killed in Kapendo by suspected Turkana bandits

A Pokot woman and her two children were on Friday murdered in Kapedo by suspected Turkana bandits.

The incident has escalated tension in the area that has been experiencing retaliatory attacks between the two warring communities.

The woman with her kids aged between seven and 12 years were slashed with a Panga as they fled the area.

“The luggage loaded on the backs of the donkeys and camels indicates that the woman was migrating with her children before she was ambushed and killed,” Pokot resident Yudah Losutan told the Star on Sunday.

Losutan said the woman’s elder son managed to hide in the bush and escaped death narrowly.

“The boy then rushed to inform people, although the bandits had fled with an unknown number of donkeys and camels when the residents arrived at the scene,” Losutan said.

He said the family was heading Akwichaits in Silale Ward in Tiaty Sub-county after fleeing the volatile Nadome and Lomelo areas bordering Turkana East.

“Currently the armed Turkana militias are camping along the borders contacting constant surveys, probably planning attacks,” he said.

Silale Ward MCA Nelson Lotela reported the incident to Nginyang Police station on Friday.

“The government should do something to address the insecurity challenge between Pokot and Turkana because it has caused a lot of life loss,” said Lotela.

Last week on Sunday, a Turkana man was shot dead by suspected Pokot bandits while fetching firewood in Kapedo.

Bosco Lokale, 48, was a resident of Kanayama village in Neipotom ward.

The firewood seller was shot several times in the head.

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